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Patch's Poll: Should Schools Offer Students the 'Morning After' Pill?

A pilot program in 13 New York City schools provides Plan B to students age 14-18 when requested.

New York City schools started a Plan B pill pilot program last year that is now offered in 13 high schools and will likely be expanded to high schools citywide.

ABC News reported that only 1 to 2 percent of parents opted out of the program before it was implemented.

"Last year, when the plan was implemented, about 4.7 percent of the 12,000 girls enrolled in those schools was given the prescription drug, according to the Board of Health. Students ranged in age from 14 to 18," ABC News said.

The "morning after" pill, as it is also called, can be taken after unprotected sex or birth control failure to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

The company that makes the drug — Teva Pharmaceuticals — says it does not affect or terminate an existing pregnancy.

Should schools around the country emulate this plan to prevent teen pregnancies? Or is it a medical and ethical decision that shouldn't involve schools at all?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

DisgruntledInClinton September 28, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I have been following this on various news outlets, and the 1-2% opt out stat is because many parents did not get the info about the program. Or the parents didn't read it.
DisgruntledInClinton September 28, 2012 at 09:21 PM
This program will end when some poor girl dies from some complication, allergy, etc. and dies and the parents never knew she was pregnant and took the morning after pill. Too bad it will take even one life.
SGA September 29, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I didn't miss the point at all. Schools CAN give out simple medication to relieve a headache. As someone who actually has a child currently in high school, I am well aware of actual policies, not just vomiting out quips I heard on Fox News. The information in this "poll" is extremely limited. News articles about the topic are much more comprehensive and would be a good place to pick up the facts. You may think school officials who resort to this program should be thrown out, but I think it's good that at least someone is trying something to keep these kids in school. Their parents are obviously failing, which only leaves the school as a last line of defense. This isn't a quaint suburban area with money, obviously.
Dianna Pop September 29, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Before anyone opposes this, they should consider what would happen if Plan B, or any other contraceptives for that matter, were not readily available. Are you personally going to adopt, support and educate any human life that results from that? Regardless of the child's race or health? If your answer is no, then it will fall on the taxpayers. Which makes your answer yes either way.
Mary Jo Phelps September 29, 2012 at 02:04 AM
This is just the latest in a string of deliberately provocative articles on Patch, designed to get people to argue with one another. Sorry Patch, I won't take the bait!

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